May/June 2016 • Vol. XXXVIII No. 3 Nature's Nature |

Witness

The suburbs dry out. And in truly rural places, pavement breaks up, goes back to the land. Given enough time, buildings slouch with the bedrock. Shingles and tar paper curl away. Gaps open up. It's a possible landscape again, although the broad, black river will carry heavy metals for a long time still. One almost hears the teeth click, defensive, small bodies slip in. Edges wear away. A beautiful thing, our absence. It's a pity we can't be there to witness it.

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Benjamin Landry is the author of Burn Lyrics, Particle and Wave, and An Ocean Away. He received a 2016 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for his poetry, which has appeared in journals such as American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, and the New Yorker. Learn more about his work at www.benjaminlandry.wordpress.com.

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